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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2003 Historic District Rules Altered; One House 0K&apos;d for Demolition By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville's Historic District was updated in an ordi- nance approved by the City Council earlier this week. The ordinance was needed because a number of houses in the historic district didn't really meet the criteria for being part of the historic district, city officials said. Some of the houses were just old and had been made unfit for inclusion in the historic district because of renovations or other changes in those houses, city offi- cials said. The council approved the new ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting, at which one homeown- er was given permission to demol- ish one of the houses that had long been listed as part of the historic district. That house, at 200 Johnson Street, had been damaged by water over the years to the point that it would cost more to restore it than the building was worth, council members were told. The Historic District Ordinance requires that a public hearing be held before any struc- ture in the district can be demol- ished, and the City Council held that hearing prior to its Tuesday night meeting. Nobody at the hearing object- ed to the house being demolished. Lewis Phillips, who owns the house, told the council that he'd attempted to get two appraisals of the cost of bringing the house up to code, but that one contrac- tor wouldn't even bid on the work because the house was in such bad shape. The other contractor said repairs would cost some $30,000, Phillips said, "But it's just not worth putting $30,000 into." Council members voted 4-0 to allow the house to be torn down. Councilman Charlie E Martin was absent from that meeting. By Clint HOUSE TO BE DEMOLISHED - This old house at 200 Johnson St., whi< estimates said would cost $30,000 to bring up to code, will be demolish with the approval of the Hogansville City Council, it was decided Tuesd night. 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Shown are children and parents who can hardly wait for the workshop to open. :ouncil Mulls Over 1 S-Year Utility By CLINT CLAYBROOK Hogansville city officials are being asked to commit the city 'd"a'"IS:ydar plan to update and modernize the city's 15-mile long natural gas delivery system and replace its hundreds of water, gas and electric meters. That project will gener- ate some $2 million in savings and revenue increases over that 15 years, the City Council was told at a Tuesday night E I meeting. Bob Pratt, an executive account manager with Johnson Controls, Inc., told council members that the long-term project  pay for itself with savings in addition to generating a "positive cash flow" of hundreds of thou- sands of dollars over the life of the contract. He said his firm's tests of the city's water, gas and elec- tric meters over the last two months show that the city is losing thousfinds of dollars a month because of old, in- accurate meters that meas- ure the water, gas and elec- tricity that the city sells to its residents/customers and from leaky gas lines. Part of Johnson Controls' proposal calls for replacing all of the city's 1S miles of gas lines over the next 15 years. Pratt said the changes will save the city big money. And if Hogansville does- n't save as much money as Johnson Controls estimates over the life of the contract, "we will write you a check for the difference.," he told court-*: cil members. Some council members seemed ready to sign on to the deal, until City Attorney Dan Lee warned that, "You're about to commit yourself to $1 million in debt," and said the council shouldn't agree to the proposal until he and the city's accountants had checked out the plans and the impending contract. Pratt had encouraged them to "sign on" Monday night, but the council balked after hearing from Lee: Mayor Wilson St. Clair said he will call a special meeting for signing the contract with- in the next few days, if Lee and the city's accountants give their approval. nd lV hillip Johnson Controls hasennel commitment for a $2.5 mL---- lion project at an interest of 5.8 e.tt said," we're talk{ng vith ot lenders, trying to get a lo interest rate." He wanted, the city to si_ 0u: the contract contingent 0goes c financing" arranged Iarrie Johnson Controls, but t# Iarde council choseto take the"wf Ho and see" approach - awaiti xest ir the OK from its attorney al Ha its accountants, out to Phase I of the Johns0Nalls o r We wv p oposal would involve a c0 , of some $948,000 for replay, We ing the city s water, gas a aura electric meters with neGrant meters that have automatiospit meter reading technoio built in. ] Bil Pratt said that work coullto Coil be started by March 1. tacy Bohan Water Plant Work Pondered by Counc$   their leaks repaired, so that have to be done, but said the Continued From Page 1A they can be used to hold the don t know where the mon treatment plant be recondi- water in question for longer - not in next year's budget! tioned, steam-cleaned and Sooner or later we'll all go out into the "real" world. Better wear your hat. Winter Quarter begins January 5th. periods so that more of the "mud" will "settle out" before the water goes into the creek. Those basins are capable of holding 86,000 gallons each, he said. His proposal will als0 require a new pump and new pipes to move the water from the new treatment plant to the basins at the old plant, Buchanan said. W.E Floyd Construction Co. of Decatur, Ga, owned by that city's mayor, has said it can do the work for $46,450, Buchanan told his City Council. Other construction firms have said the project is "too little for them," he said. Council members gener- ally agreed that the work will will come from. Bob T "It's going to be tought!Paulin find the money, but there-' s IMarc doubt (the work) has to tByrd, done," Councilman JaReaso Leidner said. Terry City Attorney Dan L,;Morg said he will contact the state! CI: Rural Water Authority to Camp if that agency might help fuO= Tt the project through grants, music Buchanan noted that present the EPD does require a permit for the wat the plant is discharging i the creek, but that once t' changes are implementd D "they will require a wast At water discharge permit" f0 B dumping the water into t C creek, even though it is C "waste water." M Police Investigate Case00. D,W found in the car: Actually A Continued From Page 1A was under the passenger si CI J of the vehicle and the offic't St found it on the grour according to the offici!Got M finding under the passenger side of the car. Steven Corey Cash, 26, no address listed, said the offi- cer didn't find anything to link him to drugs and he told The ttogansville Home News that there was not even any- thing in the police report that indicated the presence of the glass pipe or anything link- ing him to cocaine, as the report indicated. Initially, the newspaper reported that the pipe was police report. Cash apparently did M see that part of the repoSprac after he got a copy of it fro M hc , Medf the po " e department. ' That apparently w! D because the informati0 about the pipe was on pa D. two of the "narrative" part  D the report dealing with tN H incident, and the copy C# received was only one pa long, he said.